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VOYAIn view of the ongoing controversy over how life began and how this question should be approached within the classroom curriculum, this timely volume provides a clearly organized and comprehensive overview of both evolution and creationism. Although there is no shortage of recent books dealing with various aspects of the controversy, this volume is unique because it offers a thorough exploration of all perspectives related to each theory, examining both from a historical, legal, educational, political, scientific, and religious point of view. Although the author is clearly a proponent of evolution and natural selection theories (she is the Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education, a leading evolution advocacy group), she tries hard-and for the most part succeeds-in presenting a well-balanced book. Written for advanced high school and college students, the first several chapters provide background information needed to understand why the controversy exists. The second section of the book then gives a historical overview of the issues and places the controversy within the context of current society. In particular, students who are searching for information about the theory of Intelligent Design (ID) will find the summaries of key articles written by ID proponents useful in helping them understand this hotly debated topic. Each chapter provides an extensive list of works cited, and there is also a lengthy section of references for further exploration. An excellent resource for research reports or for debate preparation, this title would be a useful tool for teachers as well. 2004, Greenwood, 296p.; Index. Source Notes. Further Reading., PLB . Ages 11 to Adult.